Type: TaggeCo Z-X3 experimental droid trooper
Blaster 5D, Dodge 4D, Grenade 4D
Two visual and two auditory sensors
Armoured Skin (+1D)
Blaster Cannon Harness (5D)
Size: 1.9 meters
Cost: (available only on the black market) 10,500
Description: The Z-X3 experimental droid trooper, also spelled Zee-Exthree, was a crimson battle droid developed by TaggeCo during the Imperial era.
The Z-X3 was designed to work under extreme planetary conditions even stormtroopers couldn't survive such as radioactive environments and outer space.
It was similar in design to the earlier L8-L9 model developed by TaggeCo during the Clone Wars, though its outer plating was designed to resemble stormtrooper armor. The Z-X3 had no built-in weapons, so it carried a blaster rifle or Briletto AAP-IV "blaster box" on its chest. It also featured increased agility and maneuverability.
After the Z-X3's rejection by the Empire, two new stormtrooper divisionsâ€”the Zero-G "space trooper" and Radiation Zone Assault Trooper, or "Radtrooper"â€”filled the niches for which the Z-X3 was designed.
Tagge recruited Rom Mohc to his Droid Trooper Project, which made an experimental production of seventy Z-X3's for the Imperial military.
Ultimately, the Imperials were not satisfied, and with the defeat of the Separatist Droid Army fresh in the mind of Imperials, the Z-X3 was rejected. However, the model was used as a starting point for the later Dark trooper project.
A small number of Z-X3 droids were sent to Imperial garrisons, but most of the units ended up serving in private installations.
One Z-X3 went on to work as a security officer for the cyborg Kligson on his moon, the Droid World. In 3 ABY, he tried to kill Kligson and take over but killed a decoy instead. He was then destroyed by Kligson.